Anticipate

via Daily Prompt: Anticipate

What can happen?

Who  can say

     As I flounder through the day

Seeking to be well-aware

      of all the good

I’m almost there

     and if you look,

it’s everywhere.

Appalling stuff has such a draw

     all the news that’s fit to awe

it shouts and beckons

    with screaming hues

           attempting to distort all views

Enough, enough

I choose to find

     some wisdom ways

        to calm my mind

Perspective and context

       a path to grace

Anticipate this joyful place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today is Fine

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Happy times

   and mashed potatoes

News that’s good

  and fresh tomatoes

Sweet dreams

  and summer breezes

Rhyming words

   and funny sneezes

Sunny days

   that warm the pavement

Cool nights

   that come to save us

All the good

   that finds us here

Recognize

  and draw it near

 

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SLEEP is a word that looks funny to me at the moment for some reason

Summer rerun!

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Good Night, Gracie

Insights abound

and perspectives are found

and still I find myself thinking around

       in circles and tangents in more than one bound

Awakened abruptly mid-sleep in my bed

and wondering where all the insights have fled

and why do I still get these feelings of dread

with unwelcome thoughts that pop into my head

Ah, well, it’s a cycle, it’s a pendulum swing

Last night I was laughing a lot in a dream

An optimistic upheaval; a paradigm shift?

A chance that I’m finally catching the drift?

Look at these thoughts that give me no clue

and the awful imaginings that have seldom rung true

See them clearly for the imposters they are

Seemingly logical, yet impossibly vague

Midnight meanderings are usually wrong

That’s a real thing that some scientist said

Not at your best when lying down half asleep

Counting back from a hundred with…

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SOUP in the bowl

A Recipe and a Recommendation

I was feeling a little down………. so I made soup.  It seems to be a sure way to improve the mood.  I recommend it.

Using a 2 quart pot, I splashed in a half cup or so of vegetable broth.  Added in (rough-cut):  small onion, a stalk of celery (with some celery leaves), one large carrot, 2 medium potatoes, a stalk of bok choy, and one fresh tomato (from our garden–happy day).  I let each vegetable simmer while I cut up the remaining vegetables and added them in one at a time in the order given.

I sprinkled in some dried:  basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes and cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.  About a half teaspoon of each if I had to make a guess but probably more like an eighth of a teaspoon of the cayenne for my taste).  Then I pressed a large clove of fresh garlic and stirred it into the mix.

I gradually added in more vegetable broth for a total of about a quart.  Then I threw in a 15 ounce can of organic Cannellini beans — liquid and all.

This is really just to give an idea of how to come up with a quick and easy and delicious vegetable soup.  You can add in (or leave out) anything you like (or don’t like).

Ingredient list:

Onion

Carrot

Celery

Tomato

Potato

Bok Choy

Cannellini beans

Garlic clove

Basil, Oregeno, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Parsley Flakes, Salt, Black Pepper

 

Passages

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Noticing the passage of time

Reminds me of something….

….something…ephemeral

Mostly because I want to use the word ephemeral

Can’t quite settle on why that is

Who is this that I used to be?

Who is this that I’ve become?

 I think I’ve figured it out

And then

in a heartbeat

it’s gone

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To Be Understood – To Understand

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One of my goals for the time I have over and above sixty years, is to become less interested in being understood.   It causes a lot of inner anguish and more than enough outer crankiness when I feel misunderstood.  Why is that so important to me?  (I just glanced at the clock and it said 7:52.  I was born on the 7th day of October in 1952.  Random coincidence?  Or cosmic message?  Random.  Probably.)

One day, not too many weeks ago, I found myself practically sobbing for a few minutes.  Something I read hit a nerve and got me to thinking that maybe the reason it means so much to me for things to make sense is because when I was just under two years old, I was left in a hospital in Chicago and my parents didn’t take me with them when they had to go home.  My mom…

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Playing with Watercolors

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I Don’t Know Anything

I just read  a post on Facebook from an expert.  I think she makes a good point, but it got me to wonder if such commentary helps anything.  She was talking about the fact that racism is taught and it is not innate and it is obviously illogical and she instructed people to knock it off.  As if that statement will solve the problem and dense people will suddenly see the light.   Another post said, basically, let’s have world peace day today — which is an excellent idea but the people patting themselves on the back for participating in world peace day are not the ones causing the violence in the first place.

People seem to love it when someone states the obvious — treating it as if it were oh-so-profound.  Maybe I’m being cynical but for crying out loud:  if people stop being racist that would be lovely but that’s not all there is to it.  There are unkind people who use any excuse to gain power and are not persuaded by catchy phrases.  Get me — stating the obvious.

Peace and harmony can be affected and increased by each individual; I do believe that.  But scolding people on Facebook seems kind of ridiculous; the people who need to hear it are not likely to embrace the thing.  What’s the point then?  Is it so someone can say, “Aren’t I good?   I am joining world peace day!”  Otherwise, what?  You were going to go be violent?

Ah, well…..just feeling aggravated by the simplistic, somewhat pious commentaries.   If it helps people, though, who am I to say?  Maybe it all really will make a positive difference.

Peace.

 

 

 

 

It’s All About Those Colors

It’s just pretty.  Photos by me and my camera.